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12 on 12, April 2004 edition

My twenty-eighth “12 on 12″.

The 12 on 12 challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up from a number of random bloggers who then linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 links in December of 2011, but passed the torch to someone else who sadly hasn’t been keeping up with it. So as always, I’m giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who inspired me to do it.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S.

1:05 AM: Time to go to bed.

1:05 AM: Time to go to bed.

9:37 AM: I'm still not sure about the dog. She seems to think the same about me.

9:37 AM: I’m still not sure about the dog. She seems to think the same about me.

10:44 AM: It's allergy season! At least that's my take on things.

10:44 AM: It’s allergy season! At least that’s my take on things.

11:26 AM: At the studio, Bryan doing some repair work before we open for the day.

11:26 AM: At the studio, Bryan doing some repair work before we open for the day.

3:00 PM: Busy "morning". And still a few more tattoos to go.

3:00 PM: Busy “morning”. And still a few more tattoos to go.

4:14 PM: Working on a tattoo. I've never read "Bloom County".

4:14 PM: Working on a tattoo. I’ve never read “Bloom County”.

4:59 PM: Our buddy Ross, excited about an upcoming trip. ;-)

4:59 PM: Our buddy Ross, excited about an upcoming trip. ;-)

5:00 PM: Dwayne and the Husbear, meeting at the studio to go out to eat.

5:00 PM: Dwayne and the Husbear, meeting at the studio to go out to eat.

5:45 PM: Completed tattoo.

5:45 PM: Completed tattoo.

9:11 PM: Leaving the studio.

9:11 PM: Leaving the studio.

10:40 PM: The chickens have been busy.

10:40 PM: The chickens have been busy.

10:51 PM: Television break.

10:51 PM: Television break.

11:28 PM: Apparently the dog likes me.

11:28 PM: Apparently the dog likes me.

Until next time...
Erik

12 on 12, March 2014 edition

It’s a real post! Right? Kind of? Maybe?

My twenty-seventh “12 on 12″. Today’s 12 is on a Wednesday.

I think I’ve been a little depressed the last few months. Or maybe still am. I’m not sure. *meh*

The 12 on 12 challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up from a number of random bloggers who then linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 links in December of 2011, but passed the torch to Janet Hughes who sadly hasn’t been keeping up with it. So as always, I’m giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who inspired me to do it. Maybe Blobby should pick up the reigns and run with it.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S.

10:02 AM: Time to insert my eyeballs. Because I overslept. Not that I use an alarm clock. I just don't feel like waking up these days.

10:02 AM: Time to insert my eyeballs. Because I overslept. Not that I use an alarm clock. I just don’t feel like waking up these days.

11:19 AM: Well damn. It looks like a ballast is out. *grumble*

11:19 AM: Well damn. It looks like a ballast is out. *grumble*

3:48 PM: I've personally lost count in the amount of hours on this client, but today we finished with the last 3.5 hours.

3:48 PM: I’ve personally lost count in the amount of hours on this client, but today we finished with the last 3.5 hours.

5:14 PM: I have no idea what's going on with that sign. Or the fact the sun is still shining.

5:14 PM: I have no idea what’s going on with that sign. Or the fact the sun is still shining.

5:21 PM: I apparently missed setting a clock forward. Actually, all three clocks in my room I missed.

5:21 PM: I apparently missed setting a clock forward. Actually, all three clocks in my room I missed.

6:49 PM: Thinking about a new tattoo for myself...

6:49 PM: Thinking about a new tattoo for myself…

7:32 PM: Well, that wasn't the tattoo I was thinking of...

7:32 PM: Well, that wasn’t the tattoo I was thinking of…

8:52 PM: Quick food break. For some reason I think I need a third tattoo tonight...

8:52 PM: Quick food break. For some reason I think I need a third tattoo tonight…

9:19 PM: There's the tattoo I was originally thinking of! Or there it will be.

9:19 PM: There’s the tattoo I was originally thinking of! Or there it will be.

9:59 PM: And 40 minutes later: Whoomp! (There It Is)

9:59 PM: And 40 minutes later: Whoomp! (There It Is)

10:27 PM: Time for dinner. And some food too. And to be around some people. Strangers. But they're still people. I think.

10:27 PM: Time for dinner. And some food too. And to be around some people. Strangers. But they’re still people. I think.

11:59 PM: And... back in the truck and headed home.

11:59 PM: And… back in the truck and headed home.

Until next time...
Erik

12

Ooo… look! It’s a real blog post. Kind of.

Memes count, right? Because Blobby tagged me on Facebook.

Yes. I’m back on Facebook.

RULES: in your status update, list 12 albums that have stayed with you over the years in some way. Don’t take too long on this list – just a few minutes. These don’t have to be great records, or critical masterpieces, just ones that mean something to you personally. Then tag 10+ of your friends, including me so I can see your list.

These are in no particular order, other than how they popped into my brain. And I don’t know if I was supposed to explain why I listed the album, but I felt the need to.

1. Hysteria, Def Leppard (1987)
This is that one album I have bought over and over on every media format that has come out. I don’t know that this album was my “introduction” to the rock genre, but it’s the one that sticks in my brain. And one I use to compare most rock sound to.

2. Welcome to Wherever You Are, INXS (1992)
An album I don’t think many people like(d); an experimental album. And one I love. I can sit and listen to this album all day long and not get tired of it. And I might have done that before.

3. World Entertainment War, World Entertainment War (1991)
You know those albums you have that you try to explain to someone and just can’t quite nail it? This is one of those. And yet I can sit and listen to it from beginning to end and always find something new in it.

4. Musical Chairs, Hootie & the Blowfish (1998)
Did anyone besides me buy this album? I think Hootie had fallen out of the popular favor by the time this album was released. But it’s probably one of my favorites of theirs. And my “go to” Hootie album.

5. Document, R.E.M. (1987)
This album has stuck with me for a reason unlike the other albums in this list. While I love all the songs on the album, one song in particular stands out because of the father of a friend who I used to work with during the summers in high school. For whatever reason, he liked one of the songs on this album. The next summer when I went back to work, I found out he had suddenly died in the time between summers. So we would play it for him. And that’s stuck with me to this day.

6. Oil & Gold, Shriekback (1985)
This album is all over the place. All. Over. The. Place. But so much so that it works. And it’s found this weird little place in my brain.

7. Bouncing off the Satellites, The B-52′s (1986)
I used to run cross-country when I was in high school. And this album was almost nearly the only one I ever listened to in my Walkman while I would run. The entire album has a great beat, and it’s the B-52′s for gawd’s sake! What’s not to love?

8. The Complex, Blue Man Group (2003)
I love PVC instruments. I blame growing up in agriculture. I used to do the same thing. Just not to the extreme that BMG has. Or nearly with the financial results.

9. Fashion Nugget, Cake (1996)
Sing song cakeyness. What’s not to love?

10. Home, Dixie Chicks (2002)
I love almost all of the Chicks works, but this one a little more so as it appeals to my bluegrass side just a bit more.

11. MCMXC a.D., Enigma (1990)
Who didn’t like the resurgence of Gregorian Chant mixed with dance music?

12. Hack, Information Society (1990)
This album from InfoSoc appeals to my tech side. I feel all “digital” when I listen to it. I really don’t know why, but I do.

Until next time...
Erik

12 on 12, February 2014 edition

My twenty-sixth “12 on 12″. Today’s 12 is on a Wednesday.

The 12 on 12 challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up from a number of random bloggers who then linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 links in December of 2011, but passed the torch to Janet Hughes who sadly hasn’t been keeping up with it. So as always, I’m giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who inspired me to do it. Maybe Blobby should pick up the reigns and run with it.

Sorry this is late. I was waiting on approval of a certain photo before I published.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S.

#1 @ 10:02 AM: She's programmed to look out the window first thing in the morning when I wake up.

#1 @ 10:02 AM: She’s programmed to look out the window first thing in the morning when I wake up.

#2 @ 11:08 AM: Then you get a text message and end up here...

#2 @ 11:08 AM: Then you get a text message and end up here…

#3 @ 12:30 PM: Where we wait...

#3 @ 12:30 PM: Where we wait…

#4 @ 2:01 PM: And I find out the new shampoo stations for the Husbear's salon arrive. But are delivered to the tattoo studio. Taking up my entire lobby. I'm sure that made a great impression on the customers. [I also don't know if this counts as a picture I took, since it's from the studio camera feed... but I can access it from my iPhone!]

#4 @ 2:01 PM: And I find out the new shampoo stations for the Husbear’s salon arrive. But are delivered to the tattoo studio. Taking up my entire lobby. I’m sure that made a great impression on the customers. [I also don't know if this counts as a picture I took, since it's from the studio camera feed... but I can access it from my iPhone!]

#5 @ 2:07 PM: And we're still waiting...

#5 @ 2:07 PM: And we’re still waiting…

#6 @ 2:56 PM: Maybe that should be my tag!

#6 @ 2:56 PM: Maybe that should be my tag!

#7 @ 3:43 PM: And still waiting...

#7 @ 3:43 PM: And still waiting…

#8 @ 4:28 PM: And we're waiting. But differently. Surgery is finally happening! These leaves were pressed in the acrylic divides in the family waiting room area.

#8 @ 4:28 PM: And we’re waiting. But differently. Surgery is finally happening! These leaves were pressed in the acrylic divides in the family waiting room area.

#9 @ 5:13 PM: Out of surgery, and in the post-anesthesia care unit. That, or someone's bidding on the races here.

#9 @ 5:13 PM: Out of surgery, and in the post-anesthesia care unit. That, or someone’s bidding on the races here.

#10 @ 6:22 PM: Someone's out of PACU, and feeling much better it would appear. Or has some really good meds kicking in.

#10 @ 6:22 PM: Someone’s out of PACU, and feeling much better it would appear. Or has some really good meds kicking in.

#11 @ 7:19 PM: I can see the Husbear did nothing about those boxes... [Again, I don't know if this counts as a picture I took, since it's from the studio camera feed...]

#11 @ 7:19 PM: I can see the Husbear did nothing about those boxes… [Again, I don't know if this counts as a picture I took, since it's from the studio camera feed...]

#12 @ 8:12 PM: Someone was finally recovering and needed some sleep. So time for some non-hospital food for the rest of us.

#12 @ 8:12 PM: Someone was finally recovering and needed some sleep. So time for some non-hospital food for the rest of us.

BONUS #1 @ 9:18 PM: I did something about those boxes.

BONUS #1 @ 9:18 PM: I did something about those boxes.

BONUS #2 @ 9:46 PM: And on to some drawing I need to get done for tomorrow's appointments.

BONUS #2 @ 9:46 PM: And on to some drawing I need to get done for tomorrow’s appointments.

Get to feeling better, buddy. I’ll see you tomorrow!

Until next time...
Erik

12 on 12, January 2014 edition

The 12 on 12 challenge was created by Chad Darnell and picked up from a number of random bloggers who then linked back to him and vice versa. Chad stopped doing the 12 of 12 links in December of 2011, but passed the torch to Janet Hughes who sadly hasn’t been keeping up with it. So as always, I’m giving my shout-out to Blobby of Blobby’s Blog as he is the one who inspired me to do it. Maybe Blobby should pick up the reigns and run with it.

My twenty-fifth “12 on 12″. Today’s 12 is on a Sunday.

All pictures were taken with my iPhone 4S.

I woke up late today, as I didn’t sleep well last night due to an injury the day before. But the Husbear has been up for hours, and is ready to get the day going…

12:11 PM: Getting feed at Tractor Supply for the poultry.

12:11 PM: Getting feed at Tractor Supply for the poultry.

12:39 PM: And now at Lowe's, getting some greenboard drywall and cement board for the master bathroom.

12:39 PM: And now at Lowe’s, getting some greenboard drywall and cement board for the master bathroom.

12:44 PM: Truck reflection selfie, in the Lowe's parking lot.

12:44 PM: Truck reflection selfie, in the Lowe’s parking lot.

1:26 PM: The Husbear stacking wood. Our first nice day outside in a month or so.

1:26 PM: The Husbear stacking wood. Our first nice day outside in a month or so.

1:28 PM: Don't you just love being the first person to dive into a jar of peanut butter?

1:28 PM: Don’t you just love being the first person to dive into a jar of peanut butter?

2:35 PM: This is my "I'm tired" look.

2:35 PM: This is my “I’m tired” look.

3:07 PM: milli attempting to be helpful. Or a manager.

3:07 PM: milli attempting to be helpful. Or a manager.

3:34 PM: Left foot. Naked. What will I tattoo here?

3:34 PM: Left foot. Naked. What will I tattoo here?

3:52 PM: More progress. Hanging the greenboard drywall in the master bathroom.

3:52 PM: More progress. Hanging the greenboard drywall in the master bathroom.

5:27 PM: Dinner at Eric and Dawn's house. Ribs! (Apologies to Dawn on that picture... it was the only one that wasn't blurry.)

5:27 PM: Dinner at Eric and Dawn’s house. Ribs! (Apologies to Dawn on that picture… it was the only one that wasn’t blurry.)

8:02 PM: milli's all up in my construction business.

8:02 PM: milli’s all up in my construction business.

9:06 PM: Upgrading some hardware from Windows XP to Windows 7, now that Microsoft has an end date for WinXP. Sad, sad face.

9:06 PM: Upgrading some hardware from Windows XP to Windows 7, now that Microsoft has an end date for WinXP. Sad, sad face.

Until next time...
Erik

The Power of Ten

Dave, cb, and Blobby all posted about 10 books that have stuck with you over time. Which got me thinking about what books have stuck with me over time.

These are in no particular order, other than the order they popped into my head. Each one of these I have read multiple times over the years.

Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
H2G2 is pretty much the way my brain thinks, if it could be expressed in book form. (Or blog form!). A lot of things Adams has written actually feels like how my brain sees the world. I still need to get that 42 tattooed on me…

Larry Gonick’s The Cartoon History of the Universe
Another insight into my brain: I remember things better in picture form better than I do words. In high school and college, I had a tendency to take all my notes in the form of doodles and cartoons. Imagine my surprise (and delight!) when I ran across this series of history books in cartoon form.

By Neil Ardley, illustrated by David Macaulay: The Way Things Work
Again with doodles. But this time it’s a “how things work” manual done with doodles of mammoths and humans and other beings.

Inferno, from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy
As a teenager, I somehow ended up having to read Inferno. And I loved it. Even though I didn’t understand all the historical references at the time, the descriptive narrative of the descent into purgatory fascinated me. And still does. I’ve probably read this at least 10 times.

Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth
Hollow Earth theory in narrative form. I still find the idea fascinating.

Robert Anton Wilson’s Schrödinger’s Cat Trilogy
I don’t really know how to describe this trilogy, other than putting the concept of quantum mechanics into story form. It’s a bizarre, but totally enveloping set of books.

Homer’s Odyssey
There’s a reason my business’s are named after this epic tale.

Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Another Adams book. If you could take those old detective stories and make them bizarrely quirky, you have this book (and it’s sequel).

Dan Simmons’ Hyperion
I don’t even know how to describe this story, other than I like it. It might be the only “blind read” I ever recommend to anyone.

H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine
It seems a lot of books I like have to do with time. Either vast expanses or multiple time-lines. This book falls in the “vast expanse” category.

And there you have my ten. I wonder what those ten say about me to others?

Until next time...
Erik